On the 27th of November, we talked about the role of Pilgrimage routes in rural regeneration.
Pilgrimage may be the earliest and perhaps, the leading future form of rural tourism. Heritage routes to sacred and historical places are a driver for sustainable and economic growth in many rural areas. Indeed, some observers describe ‘route tourism’ as the world’s best hope for securing sustainability in travel and tourism. Rediscovering local cultural and natural heritage (CNH) along pilgrimage routes poses great opportunities for less explored areas to gain recognition. In areas suffering from population decline and closing services, heritage routes can create new opportunities for growth, through key drivers such as tourism, cultural and natural heritage preservation and promotion.
During this webinar, several RURITAGE partners shared their experience in restoring heritage routes. Experts from ACIR Compostelle introduced the Pilgrimage concept with a focus on rural areas, to demonstrate that heritage routes can lead to sustainable rural development and better territorial cooperation.
Partners French Santiago Way through Castilla & Leon in Spain and Via Marie in Romania – shared their good practices on the promotion and preservation of pilgrimage routes. Representatives from UNESCO Global Geopark Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken provided insights on how they capitalize on RURITAGE methodologies to use CNH as a sustainable tool to combine old traditions and the modern world along the Pilgrimage route to Hemmaberg.
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On November 17th 2020, ICLEI Europe hosted the 35th Breakfast at Sustainability’s, focusing on Cultural & Natural Heritage for regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3).
The event was organised in the context of RURITAGE and brought together representatives of EU institutions, cultural experts, regional officers and rural stakeholders, to discuss the unexplored potential of combining Smart Specialisation with Cultural & Natural Heritage (CNH).
As Europe’s regions are revising their RIS3 for the new programming period
(2021-2027), and as the European Commission is setting ambitious goals for a green recovery, it was a timely moment to revisit how investment in Research & Innovation for CNH can contribute to building a sustainable future for all.
The event counted with the participation of several speakers, including Professor Simona Tondelli, RURITAGE’s coordinator.
- Laurent de Mercey, European Commission, Unit Smart and Sustainable Growth (DG REGIO)
- Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
- Maciej Hofman. Policy Officer, Culture – Cultural and creative sectors (DGEAC)
- Prof. Luigi Fusco Girard, Associate Professor at IRISS – Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (Italy)
Gumersindo Bueno Benito, General Director for Cultural Heritage, Region of Castilla y León (Spain)
- Gabriela Macoveiu, Director of the Communication, Innovation and External Cooperation Department at the North-East Regional Development Agency (Romania)
- Prof. Simona Tondelli, Full Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Bologna, RURITAGE Project Coordinator
During this webinar, several RURITAGE partners shared their experience in building more inclusive and diverse communities. Experts from UNIBO Planning and Regeneration research group introduced the Migration holistic concept with focus on rural areas, to demonstrate that it is possible to contribute to the social inclusion of marginal communities, migrants and refugees. Partners from RURITAGE Migration Role Models – PIAM Onlus in Italy and the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest in Greece – shared their good practices on migrant’s hospitality and integration. Representatives from the Geo-Naturpark Bergstrasse-Odenwald (UNESCO Global Geopark) in Germany, one of the 6 RURITAGE Replicators, provided insights on how they capitalize from RURITAGE methodologies to use CNH as a sustainable tool to boost migrant’s integration in the area.
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During the webinar on 9th of October 2020 at 13:30 (CET), several RURITAGE partners shared their experience in building more resilient communities. Experts from UNESCO’s Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction introduced the Resilience holistic concept with focus on rural areas. Partners from RURITAGE Resilience Role Models – Katla (Iceland) and Psiloritis (Greece) UNESCO Global Geoparks – shared their good practices on risk education and awareness. Representatives from the Italian community of Appignano del Tronto, a RURITAGE Resilience Replicator, provided insights on how they capitalize from RURITAGE methodologies to reinforce their own territory based on their natural and cultural heritage.
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Below you may find the full presentations from the speakers:
Stefano Dominioni, Council of Europe, Cultural Route programme (CoE): The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. Tools for rural regeneration in the post-Covid 19 context
Flavio Conti, European Network of Rural Development, ENRD: Rural responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe
Giulia Facelli, DG RTD, European Commission, and Victoria Beaz-Hidalgo, EASME, European Commission: R&I and Horizon 2020 initiatives to tackle COVID-19 crisis
Maciej W. Hofman, DG EAC, European Commission: EU cultural policy and culture in rural areas: current topics and upcoming initiatives